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Nadia E. Brown

Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies Chair, Purdue University
Chapter Member: Indiana SSN
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About Nadia

Brown studies Black women's politics, intersectionality, gender and politics, and gender and political science. She has written several publications that examine the intersections of gender, race, sexuality and class in the United States.


"Intersectional Presentations: An Exploratoratory Study of Minority Congresswomen's Websites Biographies" (with Sarah Allen Gershon). Du Bois Review 13, no. 1 (2016): 85-108.

Seek to fill the void in studies examining the ways that gender and racial identities shape elected officials' appeals to constituents by examining differences in presentation styles among Latina and African American congresswomen, their Anglo female counterparts, and minority male peers

Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics (edited with Sarah Allen Gershon) (Routledge Press, 2016).

Seeks to present studies of minority women that highlight how they are similar and dissimilar to other groups of women or minorities, as well as variations within groups of minority women. 

"Ratchet Politics: Moving Beyond Black Women's Bodies to Indict Institutions and Structures" National Political Science Review 17, no. 2 (2015): 45-56.

Seeks to shift the interpretation of the word to the very "ratchet" institutions which enact a kind of violence in the lives of Black women, rendering them invisible and at times, leading to what some deem "ratchet" reactions.

Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Addresses this gap - differences among Black women in office - by utilizing humanistic inquiry to examine the connection between descriptive and substantive representation in the case of Black women legislators.